Better Bowling Guide

The first step to becoming a better bowler is to buy your own equipment. If you get a ball that is custom fit to your hand it will feel lighter and will be a lot easier to control. If you use a different ball every time you bowl, you will never be consistent. For your equipment, you will need a ball, a bag, a towel and shoes.

When you decide to purchase a ball, you need to realize that there are several different types of balls. Balls may have high hook, medium hook, low hook, or no hook. However, be aware that bowling balls do not hook on their own; you make them do it. Some bowlers even carry three balls for different hook types. High hook balls are used if the lane has heavy oil, medium hook balls are used if the lane has medium oil and for dry lanes you use little or no hooking balls. If you only want to purchase one ball, you should get a medium hook ball. For the weight of the ball, just be sure you don’t get one that is too heavy for you to handle.

For your equipment to last, you will need to take care of it. Don’t leave your ball in the garage or the car for a long time. Bowling balls can crack or melt if they are left in extreme conditions. You should also be sure to keep your ball clean. Your shoes also will need care. Don’t wear them outside of the bowling center. Also, try not to step in any food or soda.

When you go bowling, wear comfortable clothes. Try not to wear tight or really loose clothing. When it is your turn, be right there and ready. Keep your mind on the game between frames. Make sure your hand that you bowl with is completely dry so that you can release the ball efficiently. Check the bottom of you sliding shoe to make sure it is clean and dry. When you pick up your ball, dry it off all the way to remove any dirt or oil. Try to relax; take a deep breath before you approach.

Something that many bowlers fail to do is practice. You need to practice at least twice as much as you actually play. You can either practice alone or with other people. Both can be helpful. Try to work and concentrate on one problem that you have at a time. Also, when you practice, don’t keep score because this can be very distracting. If you get discouraged or frustrated you should quit and come back later or you might develop some bad habits.

Avoiding a Flash Pump

My friend had fallen prey to one of the rock climber’s greatest enemies – the dreaded flash pump. It doesn’t matter whether you’re cranking 5.7 or 5.14. A flash pump will close you down almost as fast as you can yell, “Take!”

What causes any pump in rock climbing? The simple answer is a build-up of lactic acid in your muscles to the point where they just don’t work properly any more. Imagine someone throwing pig slurry into your petrol tank. Step on the gas and… you grind to a halt. It’s demoralising, that’s for sure.

The term ‘flash pump’ refers to the first time in the climbing day when your muscles are engaging in strenuous activity. My friend wanted to get on his onsight project, Bond Street, before he got psyched out. Fair enough. But he also thought he was going on it fully rested, with maximum physical advantage. Big mistake.

How does one avoid the dreaded flash pump? It’s simple. You warm up before you climb and again before you climb anything hard. There are many, many ways of warming up (and I’ll discuss them in other articles) but virtually any warm-up which doesn’t strain muscles is better than none. Your warm-up should be general (e.g. running on the spot) and specific (climbing). I’m one of those climbers who needs a long (long!) time to warm up, so I’ve learned to do it slowly. It takes me three or four pitches to get into my strike. My best onsight is done after a short rest, but I may have stiffened up (old age!) so another warm-up might be in order. The best time for my onsight certainty won’t be the first pitch. It may be pitch five or six. But experiment – find out what works best for you – and stick with it.

A crucial point for avoiding a flash pump. In your climbing warm-up, it’s tempting to just stay with routes grades easier than your onsight challenge, on the basis that you don’t want to get tired. Don’t do this. It’s better for your third or fourth route/pitch to be near the onsight level. You need to ‘wake up’ your muscles and ‘fine tune’ them for the coming challenge. It’s as though they develop a ‘memory’ for just the right effort, the right approach.

Everybody – even the world’s best climbers – can succumb to a normal pump. But none of us should fall victim to a flash pump. It’s eminently avoidable, once you know how. And now you know how. So warm up – sensibly and thoroughly.

Tennis Under Pressure

That’s all I want to know and then I find out for myself by observing them in action, to see if they are telling me the truth or not.

Actually, nothing else matters in competition when you think about it.

Because I don’t care how hard you train for a tennis match or how good your shots are in practice.

If you can’t make them under pressure, it doesn’t matter, does it?

We are talking about being able to execute your shots under pressure.

Many coaches never bring up this topic to their players and I can’t understand why.

Anyway.

Here are a few tips for dealing with pressure better on the court.

Breathe.

When juniors are under pressure, they sometimes stop breathing during points.

I have seen this play out on video and the player is always shocked when they see themselves doing it after.

So, next time you are in a match and feeling the pressure, breathe deeply for 25 seconds.

Inhale on a long count, hold it, then release it for a long count also.

After doing this 4 times, your breathing should be smooth and normal again.

Detach From The Outcome.

This is the most important tip that every tennis player should learn on their own or be told by someone.

Never get emotionally attached to winning or anything else for that matter.

Everything is energy and you are either attracting what you want or you are pushing it away by the energy that you are radiating at in, any giving moment.

This is always the most important key to getting anything that you want in life, on the court or off it.

Of course you want to meditate too on a daily basis.

Why not meditate, on those 2 tips for 1 month straight.

Just remember.

You can never run away from pressure.

Bowling Tips For Beginners

In order to hit the targets accurately the markers on the lanes are a good indicator of where the ball is to be tossed. The dots and arrows that are on the lanes are also of benefit to the player and should not be ignored weather. The ideal ball speed is needed in order to have the best toppling effect. If the ball is too slow or too fast then it could end up in the gutter and completely miss the intended target. The right momentum allows the ball to knock over the strategic pins and fell the others that are behind them all in one go. When approaching the lanes the steps to be taken should be well coordinated, as should the ball tossing and body movement. Though for the professional this is almost second nature, for the beginner it may be slightly awkward but with time, it only gets easier.

All these things are to be done once the strike line has been determined. This is what will guide you the player on how to toss the ball effectively. This is done after the right ball for your weight and playing style has been chosen.

Once the drills have been learnt, they should be practiced consistently in order to make play easier and better. In order to have a great game and to have a good score, minimize on deflection and use the proper technique for hooking the ball. The last bowling tip beginners need to consider is the equipment they are working with. The ball should not only be the right weight but the material it is made of should be compatible with their skill level. The plastic balls in the market are the best for the beginner as they are easy to target and are mainly built for the straight flow. The shoes on the other hand and any other gear that is in use should be clean and comfortable enough to wear throughout the game. Bowling is a fun game for the entire family to enjoy and is great for keeping fit.

Annoying Side Stitch

What is this sharp twinge of pain just below the rib cage usually on the right? It is called a “side stitch” or “exercise related transient abdominal pain” (ETAP); and until recently there was no clear and universally explanation for the cause of this annoying cramp. Although not considered a true sports injury, it has been estimated that 70% of regular runners suffered from a side stitch in the last 12 months, that’s a big pain in the gut!

Some researchers believe that the side stitch is caused by stretching the ligaments that extend from the diaphragm to the internal organs, particularly the liver. The jarring motion of running while breathing in and out tends to stretch these ligaments. Runners tend to exhale every two or four steps, more frequently when trying to get back into shape. The majority of people exhale as the left foot hits the ground, but some people exhale when the right foot hits the ground. It is this group who seem more prone to get side stitches.

There is greater force on the liver (which is on the right side just below the rib cage) when exhaling while the right foot hits the ground. So, just as the liver is dropping down the diaphragm raises for the exhalation. It is believed this repeated stretching leads to spasms in the diaphragm and this spasm causes your pain. Seems like a good explanation to me, much better than my old coach’s explanation, “because you are an out-of-shape wimp!” Other less accepted theories have included: diaphragmatic ischemia, imbalances of the thoracic spine, and irritation of the parietal peritoneum. Whatever the internal cause, there are some simple veteran runners tips that may help avoid or at least diminish this pain.

According to leading experts, to stop a side stitch when running, stop running and place your hand into the right side of your belly and push up, lifting the liver slightly. Inhale and exhale evenly as you push up.

To prevent a side stitch, take even, deep breaths while running. Shallow breathing tends to increase the risk of cramping because the diaphragm is always slightly raised and never lowers far enough to allow the ligaments to relax. When this happens the diaphragm becomes stressed and a spasm or “stitch” is more likely. This is why they happen more often when runners are trying to get back into shape after a layoff.

Power Up Your Bowling

Your Brain Mechanism

Your brain works on goal setting mechanism and you can think of it as a connection machine, it hardwires everything. The solid the concept is hardwired in your brain, the better you master the concept. Same thing as bowling, the better your brain hardwired your bowling skill with your mental strength, the easier you enter Flow Zone of Optimal Performance.

The brain sets goals, this is your right brain creativity function, it then breaks down the steps to achieve the goal, this is your left brain analytical and logical functions. Bowlers universally have the same goals, it is to bowl perfect game and to win as many tournaments as possible. The brain capture the goal then goes about working out how to achieve them.

The best bowler in the world might not necessarily the most physical talented, they do know how to manipulate their brain better though.

Left and Right Brain Dorminant Bowler

Let’s discuss how both right brain dominant or left brain dominant bowlers hinders their performance.

Many bowlers I have seen have right brain dominant, their motor skills for performance are there, they find it easy to get into their game, they don’t think too much. Their battle starts when they start to lose their sense of where they are in their innings and forget what they are working towards. The bowler bowls a ball that lets the pressure off and have not work out how to structure an over or a spell.They are habitual under achievers, they get good starts and yet cannot manage their innings or their spells..

Conversely, the left brain dominant bowlers tend to think too much of their game, and eventually paralyse themselves through over analysing what they need to achieve. Their performance gets hinder through analytical self-talk, anxiety and disrupted focus. These bowlers tend to battle to quiet their minds to bring their minds to focus. They just find it difficult to forget about their past and switch their focus.

Brain Synchrony

The world class bowlers have learnt how to balance the right and left brain and manipulate it to their advantage. They learnt how to select their goals, break them into small sequential chunks and then keep the mind quiet so they can bowl in the Flow Zone of Optimal Performance.

The Challenge is managing their mental state so they can manage their game.

The key take out for bowler is you have to learn how to manipulate your brain naturally and effortlessly maintain an optimal state of mind-body balance.

When your right and left brains are working together in synchrony, you are able to think clearly and calmly, make good decisions and set and complete your goals.

Sprint Triathlon

Sprint triathlon, like those of Iron Man or half-Iron competitions are composed of three disciplined events namely, swimming, biking and running. Sprint, being a smaller scale as compared with other variations may not require you the same endurance other types have but still it requires some great will power. In usual cases, sprint triathlon takes off half the original distance Olympic standards have.

Sprint triathlon only takes 750 meters of swim (considerably short for a triathlon race), a biking distance of 20 km and a run of 5 km. Not much of a suffering right? But it is for the beginners.

Olympic distance, on the other hand, has standard of 1.5 km of swimming, 40 km of biking and 10 km run for the last leg.

Iron Man Triathlon, which seem to have the primary aim of testing the limits of the physical body and the mental endurance of a racer requires one to finish 3.8 km of swim, 180 km for the bike lap and a run to hell of 42 km.

Once you embark on a sprint triathlon competition, the first thing you need to do is to condition your body for the grand day ahead. This can only be acquired through proper training, which normally lasts for not less than 13 weeks.

Set an achievable goal first. That would be better since you can work on it. Set your hopes high but do not go beyond plans that you believe would not work. Now that you have a specific point to get to, schedule your training program and start working on it. Assure to it that your plan will always be in accordance with the specific events that you are about to join. Do not just swim meters by meters. Or ride the bike for as long as you want. Or run miles on end. See to it that in each session, there is a specific aim that you are working with, say endurance or speed.

Improving Grip Strength

The pinch grip is the ability to squeeze inward with the thumb and fingers and can be exercised by holding heavy objects between the fingers. An example would be pinching two barbell plates together and holding them till you have to let go. To go with a heavier weight than you can hold, try negatives, apply pinch grip to plates and assist lifting it with other hand. After lifting, let go with the other hand and try to hold on till the plates touch the floor.

The support grip would be like holding onto something. The farmers walk, where you carry something heavy in each hand would be an example exercise for this. This exercise not only strengthens the hands but also other supporting muscles in the body.

The crushing grip is the strength you would use as if shaking hands with someone. The more popular way to train the crushing grip is the hand gripper. You can work out with the grippers for reps and sets and do forced reps. Forced reps would be done with a gripper you may not be able to normally close, use the other hand to assist closing it then slowly let it open or hold it closed for about five second.

Again, make sure to exercise each type of grip strength so you do not develop a muscle imbalance. You want your hands and forearms to develop properly to take full advantage of each and every muscle and tendon.

About Imbalance and Influence on a Balls Reaction

Placing the gripping holes in relationship to the CG creates static imbalances. Static imbalance or a difference from one side of the ball to the opposite side (positive or negative side weight, finger or thumb weight) can be a gross difference of only an ounce in heavier bowling balls. So, the manipulation of top weight (leaving up to the allowable 3 ounces) or the weight removal of a portion of, all of, or more than the top weight (resulting in bottom weight) in the drilling process, can potentially come into play for some bowlers on some lane conditions. Up to 7 pound plus weight blocks, in heavier balls, still impact ball reaction way more than the ounce to 3 ounces of static imbalance.

Static imbalance influences ball reaction (minimally). The degree of influence is the responsibility of the ball driller.

For example, if you throw hard, (and have a decent rev rate, a typical axis tilt and rotation) and the lane is drier, the maximum top weight in a drilled ball of 3 ounces, might cause the ball to skid a little further but to hook violently. The same ball with more surface, adjusting the roughness of the cover stock of the ball, might hook early, burn up and roll out.

Same ball, with a smoother surface, shined up, with ball speed, on more oil might skid for days.

Players, their unique skills (speed, rev rate, tilt, rotation), and the lanes current state of condition (oily, medium, light, dry) all come into play when choosing to maximize top weight, lessen or minimize top weight or seek bottom weight when drilling a bowling ball.

Often, I choose more top weight to benefit slower players or players seeking later ball reaction. Top weight influences the down lane reaction. But, again, more top weight might make a ball unplayable on a lane with more oil.

Layout and imbalances are tools to shape the down lane action of a ball. Ball surface helps manage the front part of the lane (rougher for more oil or more ball speed, smoother/shiny for slower speed, less oil).

Art of Bowling

Working well with the bowling spare requires that few tips which will go a long way in ensuring that they work to the advantage of the bowler. The first tip is to make sure that there is consistency especially with the first ball. If a bowler leaves, the pins standing this will help when it comes to converting the pin into a spare.

Another great tip that could help any bowler gets many bowling spare is to ensure that they play with simplicity and do not try to be fancy when shooting spares. This means that the bowler has to observe the way the ball responds whenever they make a shot and especially as it approaches the foul line. After establishing this, then the bowler should maintain the same approach for all the balls on the left side and those on the left because each side has its own approach.

A bowler should also work at ensuring that they do not change the whole aspects of bowling at a go. If the bowler has taken the approach of arm swing and approach, then this should be maintained because the bowler already knows the way the ball is going to respond. The only thing that should be liable for change is when the bowler is approaching the foul line where they throw the ball and this is largely due to the fact that the oiling will be different depending on the lane that the bowler is playing on.

A bowler can also perfect winning with bowling spare by practicing before any game is due. During this time, they should concentrate on picking up the spares that they leave behind. This can be done by practicing to hit the seven and ten pin that is considered as some of the hardest out the tenpins available to hit. The simplest techniques of approaching bowling can also go a long way in getting a bowler spare. For instance, a bowler could start by hitting the pin that is nearest to them.